“We didn’t have enough storage space and there was no flexibility,” Kevin explains. “We couldn’t adjust any shelves. This new system gives us greater options on how much stock we carry and the ability to move things so it makes more sense to the way we work.”
Fourteen mobile racks featuring over 100 colour-coded baskets have now been installed to maximise storage and floor space. Each basket can be permanently angled or stored horizontally and tilted while in use, and can hold between 5kg and 40kg depending on the type of rail chosen (angled, horizontal/tilt or telescopic) and the desired tilt function.
Anaesthetic theatre equipment is now stored and colour-coded according to use – red for endotracheal tubes, green for laryngeal masks, blue for regional items such as spinal needles, and yellow for miscellaneous items.
“We have different items for different surgeries, and all different sizes. Now people can scan down the baskets and quickly find what they are looking for without having to scour the whole storeroom. In the past we didn’t have a clear colour-coding or demarcation system so it was quite problematic for new staff or anyone who wasn’t familiar with the layout.”
The new modular units have increased storage capacity by at least 30 percent, Kevin says. “The nursing staff used to go to three different areas. Now we’ve managed to bring everything into one area. It’s like ‘wow, this is awesome’. We’ve never had everything in the one room before so it’s so much easier.”